Outdoor dining application and guidelines

Find out how your business can use footpath space to create an outdoor dining experience for customers.

Cumberland City welcomes outdoor dining

Council actively supports the creation of a vibrant café atmosphere within its commercial centres. In doing so, it is important that an adequate footpath width is maintained at all times. This ensures the safe movement of pedestrians and other street activities.

It is also important that a balance between footpath space and outdoor dining space is large enough for diners and public to move around easily within the Cumberland City's commercial centres. This includes play spaces and public seating.


  • The Outdoor Dining Guidelines (PDF, 201KB) apply to all land which is affected by the Roads Act 1993 and/or is owned by Cumberland City Council.
  • This includes public footpaths, plazas and public squares that are within public areas. 


The above guidelines support the implementation of the Outdoor Dining Policy (PDF, 73KB).


To make an Outdoor Dining Application - complete the Outdoor Dining Application Form (PDF, 197KB) and submit it to Cumberland City Council as per instructions on the application form. The fee for making an application is $223, not for profit applications are exempted from this fee.

Outdoor Dining Fees

Fee Name 2022/2023 Fee (excl. GST) 2022/2023 GST 2022/2023 Fee (incl. GST)
Licence Application Fee - Fee is applicable to any commercial licence application. Not for Profit applications are exempted from this fee. $223 $0.00 $223
Council Owned and Maintained Structure - Note: The Council Owned Structure Fee is only applicable where Council Owns and maintains a covered structure within which the dining is made available. $330 $0.00 $330
All Other Outdoor Dining Areas -Outdoor Dining fees are payable on a per square metre of outdoor dining space. $48 $0.00 $48
Display of Goods on Council Land or Outside of Shops Yearly Rental Fee - Use of Council property for commercial purposes. $64 $0.00 $64

Outdoor Dining / Use Of Council’s Footpaths By Operators